Columbus Deluxe from Novomatic
Columbus Deluxe is a pretty basic slot. It does not come with a wild amount of special features offering a free spins round and a gamble feature. There is wild symbol and a scatter that launches the free spins, but that’s it. The game has 20 optional paylines, and players can bet up to 20 coins per line, making this a good slot for players of all budgets. The game offers a standing jackpot of 5000 coins; but is a low to medium variance slot, so hitting the jackpot does not happen often. You definitely won’t get amazingly rich playing this game, but it is a fun way to while away an afternoon if your are bored.
Novomatic has obviously put some time and effort into the games graphics, as they are sharp and well drawn. That being said they are also not mind blowing and will probably not leave a lasting impression. The reel background is a map, fading into a brown gradient that matches the light brown reels. Symbols are cartoon style as typically found with many middle of the road slots. Columbus Deluxe in fact looks like it has been converted from the brick and mortar incarnation to the online incarnation without changing anything. This does lend a feel of familiarity to the slot, but also makes it not stand out in a crowd on any way.
The theme to Columbus Deluxe is one that players may have guessed due to its title. The great explorer Christopher Columbus was said to have discovered America, and this slot is based around that discovery. The base symbols admittedly don’t have a whole lot to do with the theme, being taken from a deck of cards. They have been done in a font that looks vaguely historic though. The rest of the symbols are theme based, although there are only four of them.
A sextant, Columbus himself, a royal looking lady and a jewelled necklace make up the higher paying symbols. One thing that Columbus Deluxe does do, is surprise you when the four theme based symbols animate quite well. The Columbus symbol has two functions. Firstly he is the highest paying symbol in the game, awarding you with 5000 coins for five of him in a row on an active payline. He is also the games wild symbol, and can replace any other symbol in the game except for the scatter.
Columbus Deluxe Special Features
Columbus Deluxe offers players a free spins round that is triggered by finding three of the ship scatter symbols on reels one, three and five. These have no other features other than triggering the free spins round. Initially you will receive ten free spins, but more scatters on the reels will equal more free spins. These ships also become wild during the free spins round.
The final feature in Columbus Deluxe is the gamble feature. This is activated by clicking the gamble button after any win that you get. This will then give you the chance to double or nothing your win. This is done by simply guessing the colour of a playing card, which gives you a 50% chance of getting it right. Beware, guessing wrong means that you lose that win entirely.